Wigwam, a dwelling of a type used by Algonquian Indians. The word is from the Abnaki language and was first used by settlers in Massachusetts. The wigwam was a dome or conical structure in which saplings formed a frame covered with bark or rushes. Other Indian peoples had dwellings similar to the wigwam. The wickiup of the Paiutes and Apaches was a mat-covered or brush shelter. The tepee of the Plains tribes was a conical structure of poles covered with buffalo hides.
America's history begins with the Native Americans and the English settlers they encountered. Read our list of Native American leaders and heroes, including Sequoyah, Geronimo, and Crazy Horse.
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